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  1. norcal

    Reviving new cans of balls that have been sitting too long

    So a while back I got a case of Penn's on sale, they arrived and when I opened a couple cans they were 'soft'. Must have been sitting around in a warehouse forever. I hate using mushy balls and I'm not going to be 'that guy' bringing mushy balls to matches. Not worth the hassle to send back so I...
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    My Doggo in a 60 second sudden death playoff in frisbee dog contest *vid*

    Every year since my dog was a pup (he's 4) I enter him into the local frisbee dog contest in our local Uni's Picnic Day celebration. This year he did well in the preliminary round and advanced to the final where he ended in a tie for 3rd with a Blue Heeler (beautiful cattle dog) so the...
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    This tension loss sound about right? DW v Crank

    So while waiting for some parts for my ancient Klipper, I strung a racket on my neighbor's Czech Tension crank machine (looks like this) He said he strung his rackets @ 60 and his felt loose compared to mine so I strung @70. Did not crank fast, clamped off pretty quick. Came off the machine...
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    Want to buy or trade for: Yonex Ezone Xi 100 1/4 or 3/8

    Looking for one in good condition. Have a couple Ezone Dr 100's in '9' condition to trade for also.
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    Guess how much my emergency appendectomy cost? *invoice*

    Just got the invoice, surgery was in October. facts: after being in pain all morning went to urgent care. they told me to go to emergency (no ambulance; they offered). admitted to emergency late afternoon, mri showed bogus appendix, then surgery. released the next day noon-ish. How much do...
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    legends doubles final

    Is so entertaining!
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    22 y/o female police officer murdered in my town last night

    I was dropping my daughter off at her dance studio around 7:30 and there were sirens and emergency vehicles everywhere. Figured there was an accident or fire or something. Real crime rarely happens in my quiet college town so I wasn't concerned. As soon as I dropped her off I got a call there...
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    Racquet Tune 7.0

    Updated the app and it has added 4+ lbs to my tension readings even though it says all racket data is transferred over. Last week it measured the racket I'm currently using at #42, this morning it's #46 after the update. Anyone else having similar readings? What am I doing wrong here?
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    The Curse of TTW Strikes Again!

    It's two most hated players are now World Tour Finals Champions! Keep hating, TTW!
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    Palm Springs 6/10 - ?

    I'll be in PS for the next several days, looking to hit early before it gets hot. Have a private court to use. Alternatively anyone know of pickup games in town? I'm a solid 4.0 but will hit with anyone up or down.
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    Should WTA give protected rankings for pregnancy/childbirth?

    It's being discussed on the Tennis Channel this morning, commentary seems generally in favor. Should Serena be playing 1st round matches as an unseeded player because of pregnancy? Edit: Serena is currently ranked #422. When she left with pregnancy she was #1. From Forbes...
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    Smooth Transaction with Kulak75

    A pleasure to do business with, highly recommended!
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    Yonex Durable 3 New Colorway?

    I saw the Blue colorway is being sold in Europe - Any plans to sell that here? Seems like Yonex put out their new line but no Durable version? Thanks!
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    Wanted: Yonex Bag

    Preferably 6 pack but will consider other sizes. Thanks colin.cramik at gmail.com
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    Tip for keeping loose grip while serving

    Doesn't get looser than this! Wonder if he uses the 'pinky finger off the butt' technique?
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    Great Transaction with Ford Oliver!

    Ford Oliver is a great seller. Good communication, prompt shipping, merchandise was A+. Would be happy to deal with again.
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    Petr Korda's Son

    Sebastian, playing in the Oz Junior Final right now (ESPN 3). He is American (dad married an American?). Nice looking player. Looks a lot like his dad but not as skinny and right handed. His skills look like they could translate well to the pro game. Entertaining kid to watch. Loved watching...
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    If you're going to call a foot fault...

    ...make sure you call it AFTER they hit the serve. Was watching Mahut/Hebert dubs at the Oz Open and a line judge called a foot fault on their opponent, but the server caught the ball when he heard the line judge call the fault. So the umpire gave him a first serve (hinderance by the line judge...
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    What would you guess is the tension of this string job?

    Posting this for a little chuckle since we all aspire to string as fast and accurate as the pro's stringers: Marcus Willis: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2018/01/09/truth-behind-pro-tennis-away-elite-cheating-claims-financial/ I wonder what the tension would be just pulling by hand...
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    My Review of a New Cross Stringing Tool

    First of all I want to let you know I do not own this product, I have no stake in it's success, I'm not being paid for this review, I didn't even get a Stringweaver tool out of it! A guy on my local league team (he is a professor at the local college and a good player) invented the...
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    How Much do Players Get Paid to Wear Patches?

    When Sevastova played Sharapova in front of a world wide audience the other day she was wearing a 'Guinot' and 'Mary Khor' patch (high end makeup type companies). Today against Stephens, no patches. So obviously it was not a long term endorsement. Anyone with knowledge of ballpark figures...
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    Kauai Tennis August 1-15

    I will be in the Poipu area of Kauai for two weeks in August and would love to hit. I believe I have access to courts through the condo I'll be staying at but I can travel to meet up also. I'm USTA 4.5 rated but I'm coming back from surgeries so probably playing at a decent 4.0 level. I'm...
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    David Le - Awesome Seller!

    Great communication, prompt shipping, product as good/better than described! A pleasure to do business with. A+
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    *2* Prince 03 Red Original 9+

    Racquet Item Description (Brand/Model/Year) Prince 03 Red Original (been in storage over 10 years) Grip Size: (3) 4 3/8 Quantity: 2 Head Size: 105 sq in Condition (x out of 10): 9/10 on #1 .Pictures attached. 7/10 on #2 *Specific Time Used (must give specific time, must be over 30 minutes)...
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    F/S: Yonex Vcore Xi 100 4 1/4 9/10

    Racquet Item Description (Brand/Model/Year) Yonex Vcore xi 100 Grip Size: (2) 4 1/4 Quantity: 1 Head Size: 100 sq in Condition (x out of 10): 9/10. Pictures attached *Specific Time Used (must give specific time, must be over 30 minutes): Approximately 45 minutes *General Description...
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    Dog Wick

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    Mischa Zverev Doing The Impossible -

    Making an Andy Murray match entertaining to watch! Not an endless game of Pong. Win or lose I love this guy, bringing back the contrast to tennis. I sure wish net play would make a comeback at the pro level, hopefully some young players and coaches are taking note. PS: Mischa, give your...
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    Simple Groin Strain? Nope, Two Hip Surgeries Inbound - FAI

    I've had groin strain problems on and off for many many years. Always got better with rest, ice, ibuprofen etc. Re-injured it in early 2016 and it did not respond to the usual couple weeks off. So I went to the Dr who proscribed PT which I have done religiously. Been 10 months since I've...
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    No cell phones, no pets, no jeans, collared shirts required - would you join this club?

    From Orange Power's thread - this was the requirements for one of the 'away' matches. What restrictions does you club have? Would you join a club with those restrictions (I assume the cell phone ban is on court only lol)? My club: no pets on court (city tennis club; only club in town)...
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    The Luxurious Locamotive Lefty from Luxemborg Let Loose in London - The 'Other' Gilles

    Always liked Mueller. Watched him from courtside *almost* beat Sock at IW a couple years ago. The crowd was going nuts for Sock, I was yelling 'Allez Gilles!' Big, quiet, goofy, not too athletic looking but plays a nice old school grass court game. Also had a great comeback from injury and...
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